About Shannon Kim Wagner

Shannon Kim is a powerlifting and strength training enthusiast based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a CPT from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and also enjoys instructing Traditional Hot Yoga. She lives with her two favorite people: her boyfriend Erik, and her dog, Lily. She also loves sewing, painting, and writing in her spare time. In school she earned a BA in Literature with a minor in Psychology, as well as a degree in Fashion Design from FIT.

March 2017

Celebrating International Women’s Day | Featuring Lara Hogan

We couldn’t be more proud of our clients at Pongo Power, and we consider ourselves unbelievably lucky to work with such strong, inspiring women. This Wednesday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. We are choosing to celebrate one of our loyal clients, Lara Hogan! As Etsy’s engineering director on promoting [...]

February 2017

An Open Letter to the World, by Elizabeth Pongo

Dear Reader, I'm writing to let you know why I went to the Canary Islands in Spain, while the world is troubled by Trump. First, on behalf of the United States, I apologize deeply for our President. I am dedicated to helping. I want you to know I am living [...]

Join Us on Friday, March 17th in Supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Please join us for a party on March 17th at Pongo Power, 350 Flatbush Ave at 6:30pm! We'll be raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (LLS TNT) to help raise money to find cures for cancer and to help provide treatment to people who have [...]

January 2017

4 Tips for the Next March!

Several Pongo Power personal trainers attended the Women's March on Washington last weekend. It required hours of transport, followed by hours of standing: Not the kindest conditions for one's body! Most of our friends and family, who are not trainers, had the same physical complaints, both during and after the march. [...]

October 2016

8 Personal Trainers Answer: “What’s One Thing Every Fitness Newbie Should Know?”

You asked, we answered! All too often people will want to start incorporating healthier habits into their lives, but feel as though they're missing some important piece of the puzzle, or just don't know where to start! The secret is: there is no secret! See what eight Pongo Power personal trainers [...]

September 2016

5 Running Tips From A Non-Runner Who Hates Running

Maybe “hate” is a strong word, but running has never really been my thing. (Unless of course you count the years I spent unsuccessfully trying to run myself skinny, that is.) I’m a yoga instructor and a powerlifter. I find much more satisfaction in hitting a new bench PR (145lbs [...]

Mark DiSalvo Guest Post: The Principles of Self Defense

SPACE IS LIMITED, CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW Why This Course Is So Special I have traveled the world practicing, learning, assisting, and instructing on the topics that will be covered in this workshop. I have seen how rarely it is that these concepts are actually explained to [...]

July 2016

For Those Living with Chronic Illness: Strength Training and Fatigue Resistance

Pongo Power client, Lara Hogan is back to discuss her experiences with chronic illnesses and the ways in which resistance training have served to strengthen her body and mind! […]

June 2016

Small Happy Habits- Part One: Journaling

Over the past few months I’ve introduced a handful of small, happy habits that have served to center my focus and calm my mind. As a result, my productivity, creativity, and sense of peacefulness have skyrocketed. These habits can be introduced incrementally and in small steps in order to cement [...]

Introducing Medical Exercise Training at Pongo Power

A 2007 research report by the Milken Institute found that more than 109 million Americans suffer from seven chronic ailments: Cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions, and mental disorders. […]